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14 years

Maurizio Pollini at age 14. Cannot think of anybody that has ever matched this level as this shows — apart from superlative pianistic abilities — already highly typical and individual playing.

1920-1936

Wilhelm Kempff, apart from his stellar Beethoven and Schubert recordings – most of then recorded late in his ife – was quite an astonishingly virtuosic pianist with that typical romantic spontaneous flair that was the hallmark of this epoch. Here some ultra rare recordings from this period in Kempff’s career incl. a spectacular Schumann Toccata […]

Polytonality

In 1673 Heinrich Biber composed ‘Battalia à 10’. And the second movement, titled ” Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor ” is truly remarkable: a polytonal piece, that makes look Mozart’s ‘Musikalischer Spass’ rather harmless. ( starts at 1.45 min. )

Forgotten British composers VI

John H. Fould’s ‘World Requiem’ Opus 60 was composed 1918-1921 as a tribute to the victims of WW2. It complements Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ in the list of British Requiems that deal with the realities of war. Fould was an interesting composer, essentially British ( = unaffected by the modernist developments on the continent and with […]

Ducks

How did I end up here ? Watching ducks accompanied by 3 Schubert dances which were taken from my recording ?  Well…checking You Tube I guess. Weird, but quite beautiful. Did Schubert like ducks ? Do ducks  like Schubert dances ? I gotta get off and do some work now….

1975

That was the year when Krystian Zimerman won the Chopin competition in Warsaw in a way that has not been repeated ever since. Not only was there a new approach to Chopin interpretation but his overall pianistic and musical abilities were astounding to say the least. An astonishing clarity and fire added a new dimension to  […]

Take 2

Sometimes I get a headache when watching certain clips on You Tube.  But one can always make things good again…

Barcarolles

In May 2017 I will record the 13 Barcarolles by Gabriel Faure for the West German Broadcast with the potential release on CD later. Faure has been the one composer I always was so fond of that – with the exception of his chamber music – I hardly dared to go near him. Sounds weird […]

Chorales

I have always been an ardent admirer of Bach’s chorales. Inexhaustible inventiveness and exquisite harmonies, it defies belief how one composer can create such a multitude of musical wealth. Here is a selection…

Inventions

A wonderful recording of the 15 two part inventions by Bach, played by young students as part of the amazing “AllofBach” project of the Netherlands Bach Society, who intends to perform all of Bach’s works and put all the films online free of charge. http://allofbach.com/en/about-all-of-bach/ http://allofbach.com/en/bwv/bwv-772-786/